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  • how to backup windows file servers or NAS

    nowadays, NAS are widely used
    users want to keep a copy of their data
    which will be a better way
    1) buy same model of NAS and do NAS to NAS replication
    2) Attach a tape drive to a server and backup the NAS to tape using Acronis or Symantec or other backup software

    Can some one give me advice?

  • #2
    Re: how to backup windows file servers or NAS

    Really doesn't matter. Personally depending on the volume of the storage i would use a to disk backup. As storage is cheap, recovery times are faster. And likewise backup times are faster. Tape drive storage is old technology. Whilst it is good for archiving and compliance technically it can present many caveats that just aren't present with disk storage.

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    • #3
      Re: how to backup windows file servers or NAS

      Have to concur -- for small/medium businesses anyway, backup to some disk based medium is a lot more flexible.
      If they have 2 buildings on one site. consider putting the NAS in the "other" building to protect a bit against fire/theft risks
      Tom Jones
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      • #4
        Re: how to backup windows file servers or NAS

        Also look at how you're backing up that data and how much there is. You can always do an offsite backup to a NAS @ home or somewhere else, or backup to a 3rd party's server (e.g. Iron Mountain, Mozy Pro, etc).
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